The Lane Cove Council and the Lane Cove RSL Sub Branch work very hard each year to present a moving ANZAC Day ceremony. As a consequence of working closely together Council and the RSL Sub Branch have also been working on further promoting Remembrance Day in Lane Cove.
This year is the 98th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18). Each year on this day Australians observe one minute’s silence at 11 am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.
Why is this day important to Australia? According to the Australian War Memorial Website:
At 11 am on 11 November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years continuous warfare. The allied armies had driven the German invaders back, having inflicted heavy defeats upon them over the preceding four months. In November the Germans called for an armistice (suspension of fighting) in order to secure a peace settlement. They accepted allied terms that amounted to unconditional surrender.
The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month attained a special significance in the post-war years. The moment when hostilities ceased on the Western Front became universally associated with the remembrance of those who had died in the war. This first modern world conflict had brought about the mobilisation of over 70 million people and left between 9 and 13 million dead, perhaps as many as one-third of them with no known grave. The allied nations chose this day and time for the commemoration of their war dead.
A ceremony will be held in the Lane Cove Plaza at 10.50am (please be seated by 10.45am). Last year it was raining, so the service was moved to the library.
The president of the Lane Cove RSL Sub Branch Mr Harvey Porter (who is also Lane Cove’s citizen of the year) works very hard to conduct a moving service. You can read more about Havey Porter in our Lane Cove Local Identity series here.
After the Remembrance Day Ceremony, a function will be held at the Lane Cove Council Civic Centre to unveil the recently restored Lane Cove Honour Roll. Funding for the restoration project was granted by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Honour Roll will now be permanently located at the Lanc Cove Council Civic Centre.
When ITC was at school we always observed one minute’s silence. Apparently, not all school and workplaces now observe the one minute silence (what a shame). A few years ago I can remember being in Coles Lane Cove and they announced that it was the 11th hour or the 11th day. ITC wonders if they still do that.
What is your experience? Does your school or workplace still observe the one minute’s silence?
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